Tuesday, October 09, 2007

World Junior Chess Championship, 2007, Rd 6: After six rounds of the scheduled thirteen, IM Wesley So of the Philippines took the lead with 5 points. This tournament is being held at Yerevan, Armenia from Oct. 2 through the 17th. It's a long and grueling tournament, and so the competitors need to pace themselves. GMs Ahmed Adly (Egypt) 5 points, Maxim Rodshstein (Israel) 4.5 points, and Daniel Stellwagen ( Netherlands) 4.5 points, are in second to fourth places respectively. Players who enjoy better name recognition fared less than the aforesaid players: GM Wang Hao, 4.5 points at 6th place, Gm Parimarjan Negi, 4 points at 16th place, GM David Howell, 3.5 points at 22nd place, and GM Gawain Jones, 3.5 points at 25th place. Here is the game between Wesley So and David Howell:

Wesley So enjoyed pawn majorities on both wins and simplification favored him with 30...Rc2 31. Qa7...Howell needed to activate his queen with 31...Qe8 and So sought an exchange with 32. Qe3. Play continued 32...Qc8 33. Qe7 ( threatening 34. Rd8+ ) Qf5 with Howell making threats of his own on f2.

Here, So dove head first with 34. Rd8+ Kg7 35. Qf8+ Qf6 36. Qd6+ Kg5 ( 36...Kg7 37. Qd4+ Qf6 [ 37...Kh6 38. Rh8+ Kg5 39. Qh4# ] 38. Rd8+ nasty ) 37. h4+ and black resigned. If 37...Kh4, then 38. Qg3+ Kh5 39. Rh8#. If 37...Kg4, then 38. Qg3+ Kh5 39. Rh8#. Let's take a look at 37...Kh6, 38. Qf8+ Kh5 39. Qh8+ Kg4 40. Rd4+ and black has to cover with his queen.


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